Wordless Wednesday: A Frugal Christmas Card


This is the one. It made it onto our Christmas card. And it’s still not quite perfect. Our first of many as a family of 6!

This shot was taken by my sister with a point and shoot. The girls’ dresses were courtesy of Grandma (a yearly tradition). Everything else was from our closets with the exception of baby Colin’s $5 red onesie. I edited it with Picnik, for free. A frugal family photo, indeed!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

What a difference a year makes, huh?

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. I loove this shot… What a sweet family photo!

  2. Love the picture. What a beautiful family you have. Merry Christmas!

  3. It looks nice to me. Happy Holidays
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  4. That’s a great picture! Beautiful family!
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  5. Thanks for sharing. I love it! Looks wonderful!

  6. Deanna Murphy says:

    Beautiful! Wishing your family a blessed Christmas.

  7. Beautiful picture!!! Merry Christmas!
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  8. What a beautiful family!! (By the way, this looks like a professional photo.)
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  9. I think it looks so nice…. What a sweet family!

  10. Not a frugal pic at all…LOVE IT!

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  11. What a beautiful family. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  12. Beautiful Family

    Happy Holidays!!!!!

  13. You have a beautiful family. The photo turned out great.
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  14. You guys look great! I did love the blooper file from the other day too! Happy Holidays :)
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  15. This is a great picture!!!

  16. Great picture! What a beautiful family! Merry Christmas!!

  17. Beautiful family picture!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  18. wow big difference… still lovely! :)

  19. Just stopping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
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  20. Great picture! By the way, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been begging my husband to get me some photo editing software for our computer as I am really getting into taking pictures and blogging, etc. He just says it’s a waste of money and too expensive. I noticed you said you edited your photo with picnik.com for free, so I went to check it out, and I have been editing all my photos for a couple hours now! It’s awesome! Thank you so much for once again helping us save money on something I’ve always wanted. (We may actually go ahead and pay the $25 / year fee to upgrade to more complex options as this is still way cheaper than buying the software, so much easier to use, and we don’t have to take up room on our computer to download it. I also love that you can access it anywhere you have internet, so I am not limited to doing it just on my computer. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  21. Wonderful picture. I just love the family photo’s.
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  22. What a lovely photo! Merry Christmas!!
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  23. Lisa Johnston says:

    Very sweet family and great Christmas picture.

  24. I’ve been wondering what “the one” looked like. I love it, I love it, I love it! :-)

  25. What a beautiful family! Merry Christmas to you and yours:-)
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  26. What a beautiful picture!!!
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  27. Looks great! You did a great job on this!

  28. Alyson @ 3PsinaPod says:

    What a wonderful (and frugal) family photo!! Have a wonderful Christmas !!
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  29. I love this picture. Don’t forget to link up for Thrifty Thursday.


  30. Love it! Frugal Christmas cards are the best! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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  31. Beautiful photo! And I LOVE Picnik, too! Free is right up my alley!
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  32. I love that photo! Beautiful. Merry Christmas…

    Oh, I can’t believe how big the baby has gotten. I’ve really loss track.

  33. Merry Christmas! Your kids are so cute. :)
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  34. Great great shot and it’s made even better in that you did not spend a fortune having it done. Your kids are adorable.
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  35. Alyssa Francis says:

    So glad you discovered the joys of Picnik! It is truly one of my favorite sites on the web. I think the upgrade is totally worth it, too. It makes me so happy to hear that this saved you some money! Have fun with Picnik! :)

  36. Beautiful family pic! Looks professional too. You weren’t kiddin, picnik is great and easy, thanks! :) Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!
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  37. That picture turned out so great Alyssa! Such a sweet family! :)

    Hope you had a wonderful blessed Christmas!


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